Since having my first child just over 5 years ago, I’ve tried: staying home full time, working from home full time, working from home part time, working from an office part time, working from an office part time while freelancing on the side, and you know what? It’s all stressful. Motherhood is beautiful and messy and constantly changing, and as hard as I’ve tried, I’ve never figured out how to balance it all.
Just when I do start to feel like I’m getting things figured out, or into somewhat of a routine, something changes. Another baby, a new freelance job, a child finally reaching some milestone that changes everything (this year it’s kindergarten) - I feel like our family is constantly trying to find our new normal.
21.5 million working mothers contribute to America’s workforce, so I know I’m not alone. One of the biggest topics among my girlfriends is how to balance it all, each of us with our little tricks and time savers (seriously, what did working mothers do before Amazon Prime and Shipt?). Along with 6 am workouts and my Shipt membership, I've worked to incorporate a supplement regiment which includes an adaptogen herb called Astragalus Root.
For hundreds of years, many people have been using Astragalus Root as an immune booster and stress reliever (the relationship between stress and immune system is undeniable). Its benefits are extensive: it's been shown to improve skin health and elasticity, studies have shown that it boosts the immune system, and it’s been heralded as a trendy “adaptogen” - meaning it conforms to the what the body seeks. Feeling rundown? Astragalus can help give you energy. Feeling stressed? Astragalus can help to calm the nerves.
As a mom, I battle three constant challenges:
- Sleep (there’s never enough, and even when there is, the quality is easily compromised)
- Illness (really is there anything worse than a sick kid or husband?), and
- Stress (hello, everyone who needs something from me right now or more likely, yesterday).
Let's look at how this one herb can help with all three.
I used to sleep like I was dead. I always tell the story of the time in college that I woke up and realized I had totally slept through a fire alarm - I looked out and saw all of my school mates out on the quad at 3 in the morning. Since having kids, it’s been a totally different story. Though the days of night time feedings and diaper changes are long gone, it’s common for me to wake up at 2 in the morning with a to do list a mile long, or in a panic that I forgot to prepare something for bag lunch day at school.
Regular consumption of astragalus root can aid in reducing stress levels and providing peace of mind, helping to mitigate those 2 am wake ups. Considered a powerful reliever, astragalus root improves metabolism and maintains hormonal balances, which eventually promotes peaceful sleep.
Poor immunity makes you a sitting duck when you’re around kids - especially if they are in school. Winter in Minnesota is the worst. We’re all stuck inside, and no matter how hard we try, it’s inevitable that someone will end up with a runny nose. Astragalus Root can serve as a natural immune booster. A recent scientific study reveals that astragalus extract contains some compounds including polysaccharides, which can stimulate immunity cells.
Adaptogens like Astragalus Root are having their day - and why not? Astragalus has many unique effects that can help balance mental as well as physical health. Taking Astragalus not only provides mental calmness, but can also reduce stress levels. Besides regulating stress levels, the herb can improve nervous tension and mood swings.
Astragalus works best when enhanced with other herbs from ancient Chinese formulas, and DAO Labs has made these formulas so much more convenient for the working mom. Though I’d love to have the time to visit an acupuncturist weekly, that’s just not an option for me right now. Last week, one of my kiddos had a fever (soon to be revealed as hand, foot and mouth), and the other had a runny nose and cough. My husband was laid up with a nasty cold that kept him out of commission for over a week, even causing him to take a sick day during his busiest time at work. I was hitting the Immunity Support daily as a preventative. I made sleep a priority. I had added stress of being a solo parent while my husband got better. I would be lying if I said it was easy and I didn’t lose my patience a couple of times, but we managed to get through it with the help of a daily Emotional Balance for mom and a little extra TV time for the kids.
DAO Labs' herbs are sourced using sustainable practices and tested for authenticity no fewer than 10 times before they are sold - the quality of these products cannot be beat. Taking formulas that have been used for hundreds of years, DAO has packaged them in a convenient way (throw a few in your purse and keep a couple in your desk drawer) and they taste much better than traditional herbs, so having a cup can become a relaxing ritual instead of chore. Want to try Astragalus Root for yourself? This powerful herb is found in both Immunity Support and Emotional Balance. Try today and use code BALANCE to save 15% - I'd love to hear what you think!